WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Joe Biden became the invisible man during Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate, fading into the background as other presidential hopefuls and moderators focused much of their time on new top-polling candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Previous debates centered on the then-front-runner’s policy positions, and rivals went on the attack against him. In the June debate round, California Sen. Kamala Harris dug into Biden for working with segregationist senators in the 1970s to oppose integration busing. In September, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro hit Biden for supporting Obama-era immigration policies.
On Tuesday, Warren was the new target, with many candidates attacking her for failing to directly answer whether her healthcare plan would raise taxes on middle-class Americans.